Pond Farm Camp – 1910

These days we’d say that Pond Farm which once stood on Salisbury Plain, was in Easterton. By 1910, farming was at an end as the War Department took over the area for a permanent training zone. During the Edwardian era, farming had gone on, but some of the land was used for tented encampments during the summer, as Volunteer Regiments did some training. We have many images of these encampments in the museum. This one has just been acquired by the museum.

Pond Farm Camp, Easterton in 1910

Let’s just zoom in on some of the men.

Close up on some of the men at Pond Farm Camp

This image is on a postcard which was posted on July 31st 1910.

Stamp with Pond Farm Camp postmark

The card was sent to Mrs Marlow who lived in Roehampton in Surrey. The sender was her husband, Tom Marlow. Here’s the message he sent.

The message sent – transcript below


Dear Carrie

Hope all are well. I am at present. Just drop a line to T Marlow care of Lieut. Watson, 16 Squadron, Pond Farm Camp, Devizes, Wilts.

Went for a march on Friday to a place called Oare. Stopped all night. Had to get up at 4 the next morning. Will be home next Sunday. Goodbye for next. Tom xxx

That march to Oare is quite lengthy. It’s about ten miles in a straight line so much more by paths.

And now a little about the Marlow family – for we can find them on the 1911 census, still at the address that Tom sent to.

Tom was an omnibus driver by trade – born in about 1880. His wife, Caroline was a little younger. Both had been born in parts of London. They married in 1903 and had three sons – George, Frederick and Alfred, all born at Roehampton.


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10 Responses to “Pond Farm Camp – 1910”

  1. Helen Says:

    Love those old photos!

  2. David Marlow Says:

    I believe this card could be from one of my relatives can you tell me details of where it was addressed to. thank you David Marlow

  3. barbara Says:

    My name is Barbara and live in Roehampton and Thomas Marlow’s name appears on our memorial tablet, i have been trying to find out more about all 51 names, if you can answer a question Thomas was in the army service corp 3rd Mobilization company (larkhill) 1st what is a mobilization company and do you know how he died as i can not find he dying abroad was it an accident thank you Barbara Speller

    • marketlavingtonmuseum Says:

      Hi Barbara

      I’m afraid we are of no help. I do not know what a mobilization Company is or was although the name implies ‘being readied for duty’. Neither do we know why he died although if he was in a Salisbury Plain camp, particularly in the winter of 1914/15. then illness due to very poor conditions was rife.

      I’ll see if I can discover anything but it won’t be during this week.



    • David Marlow Says:

      Barbara my name is David Marlow and Thomas was my grandfathers brother he is named on the family gravestone. I am currently in hospital awaiting an operation but if you email me we can share information when I get home my email address is david@davidmarlow.co.uk

  4. barbara Says:

    thank you for your prompt reply and David’s i is great that we can put a life against just a name on a tablet. we hope to have a small exhibition in the church on remembrance day

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